Project Description

Photography has been the one constant throughout my life since my early teens. I worked as a professional photographer during the 1980’s and 1990’s in Melbourne and Perth.

During that time I achieved a Master of the A.I.P.P (Australian Institute of Professional Photography). In 1996 I won the AIPP Landscape Photographer of the Year Award in Western Australia.

However, since then I have concentrated on my own photography when possible, focusing mainly on landscape and travel.

Most recently I have begun exploring aerial photography. Something I have wanted to do for a very long time as I felt it would be a medium well suited to my style and aesthetic.

Why do I take photographs?

I guess it gives me the opportunity to see the world around me as though it was for the first time. It is always fresh with new things to see everywhere.

I think as we grow older we tend to notice less and less of the world around us, it all becomes familiar and unsurprising. For me photography prevents this and lets me see the world as a child does with wide eyes and a sense of wonder.

And the process of searching for and taking photographs, particularly landscape, has also been therapeutic. Having suffered from severe anxiety and depression for most of my life this outlet has been extremely important for me and provided a much needed sense of purpose at times.

Education

1983 to1986 – Diploma in Fine Art Photography at Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia. Graduated with a Distinction.

1997 to 1999 – Degree in Interactive Multimedia Technology at Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, Perth, Western Australia.

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